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Whatever happened to France's Socialists?

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French President François Hollande prepares to vote in the first round of the 2017 French presidential election
French President François Hollande prepares to vote in the first round of the 2017 French presidential election Reuters

Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon has been knocked out of the race to become France's president after securing just 6.2 percent of the vote in the first round of the elections. With the exception of 2002, it's the first time since 1969 that the party is not in the run-off. RFI talked to political scientist Laurent Bouvet, author of La Gauche Zombie (The Zombie Left), about the party's decline and who's to blame.

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